Our Favorite Albums of 2017

Author: Kristen McCloud
12.25 / Music

2017 has been an amazing year for music. We saw multiple Grammy-winning and nominated albums from both veteran greats like Kendrick Lamar and Drake to breakout stars including Khalid and SZA. We've been hitting our replay buttons nonstop throughout the year, and can't wait to see what 2018 will have to offer. For now, check out some of our favorite albums from this year below and let us know which ones you've been listening to!

American Teen | Khalid
Khalid’s American Teen was my favorite album this year. I listen to it all day, every day, and I’m still not sick of it. It’s amazing. - Nicole, @nic0lefung

Starboy | The Weeknd
Starboy by The Weeknd and More Life by Drake were my favorite albums this year. Have to support the Canadians! - Gillian, @msgillwong

More Life | Drake
More Life by Drake… because I love him? - Lindsay, @lindsayjang

The Space Between | Majid Jordan
The Space Between by Majid Jordan is hands down my favorite album of the year. I wish so hard that it blessed my ears sooner because it only dropped in October. Every song from start to finish is a feel-good song and everyone and their moms need to listen to it right now! I automatically have it playing on 3peat. - Monica, @monicasauce

Ctrl | SZA
SZA’s Ctrl was my favorite album for 2017, and I don’t think I have to explain too much why. Her sound is so refreshing, and her lyrics feel so familiar because she writes about things we all go through. It’s personal, yet personable. That mixed together with her style and visuals makes her so unique. I’m extremely happy for all of her success! - Sarah, @Modarexic

A Black Mile to the Surface | Manchester Orchestra
Out of all the BISHes, I’m usually the outlier when it comes to music (haha!). Manchester Orchestra put out an incredible album called A Black Mile to the Surface and it’s perfection from start to finish. I started listening to the band 10 years ago, and it’s been quite a journey hearing them mature and evolve their sound over the years. - Jana, @janaisajournalist

Freudian | Daniel Caesar
Ever since I’ve discovered Daniel Caesar, Freudian has been on replay. His voice is from the angels, and I can play it at any time of the day - whether that is to pick me up in the morning or lull me to sleep at night. - Heejung, @heejungkimm

Daniel Caesar’s Freudian has been my go to. I listen to it on the way to work, at work, on the way home, in the shower, and before I sleep (lol). Also, his voice is perfect on vinyl. - Deniza, @dsvst

Common Sense | J Hus
This is tough, I think 2017 has been such a dope year for music! J Hus’ Common Sense is one of those rare albums where every single track is unreal. I also loved A$AP Ferg’s Still Striving, and honourable mention obviously goes to Drake’s More Life. - Zenna, @pbr.mami

don't smile at me | Billie Eilish
2017 was such a good year for music. I had DAMN. and American Teen on repeat LITERALLY 24/7. Another one of my faves is Billie Eilish's don't smile at me. She's so talented, especially for how old she is. I can listen to the whole album without skipping any songs which is super rare for me. The contrast between the sound of her music and her personal style is so interesting and makes for a really unique vibe which is refreshing. She also sounds just as amazing live which is a huge plus for me with any artist. - Kristen, @kriscloud

Flower Boy | Tyler, the Creator
I am going to give this one to Tyler the Creator’s Flower Boy. I am a huge Tyler fan and I feel like this album thoroughly demonstrated his growth as an artist, songwriter, producer, and overall human. Hearing this album for the first time I could easily tell that Tyler has mastered his sound. If anyone has any doubts about him as an artist I highly recommend listening to this album. - Mia, @miagvarra

So many choices! As far as albums I listened to front to back and all ways in between, both Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. and Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy - mastery, especially" Who Dat Boy," the music video, which made it that much better for me. This Adam West Batman Mashup to "Humble." also makes me extremely happy. Jacques Greene is a recent exploration I’ve been loving, which is a departure from my usual, especially the "Feel Intimate" Remixes by Matthew Herbert and Shlohmo. - Diandra, @diandrab

True to Self | Bryson Tiller
Lemonade by Beyoncé. Oh wait? That was 2016? I don’t care. It was also my favorite album of 2017. I’m kidding! Kind of. I can’t narrow it down to just one album, but I will say True to Self by Bryson Tiller and Ctrl by SZA were constantly on repeat for me this year. SZA’s music is so poetic and thought-provoking, she is really a true genius when it comes to music. I love Bryson Tiller’s blend of upbeat and chill tempos, both artists are such rare, geniune talents in my opinion. - Lindsay, @ljernigan

DAMN. | Kendrick Lamar
This is super tough for me, to just choose one, so I’ll narrow it down to three. Hehe. I am a die hard Majid Jordan fan so of course, The Space Between, is my all-time favorite. The OVO pair have a way with pairing techno beats with an R&B flow. Another favorite is Ozuna's (latin rapper), Odisea. This artist is definitely someone to look out for if you’re interested in reggaeton. Lastly, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN... 'til this day, I can never get enough of the emotion behind every track. - Angela, @angf_

Morning After | DVSN
There were so many good album drops this year that it’s so hard to name them all. To start, I’ve been obsessed with Sabrina Claudio’s About Time album. Also love H.E.R.’s album, DVSN’s Morning After, and I have to include Daniel Caesar’s Freudian. So many goodies, hoping next year is just as good! - Sheila Deiz, @sheeels_